Germany feels heat as mercury rises to record levels in Europe
Europe's heat wave has pushed the mercury to its highest level in Germany since measurements began in 1881.
The country's national weather service says an automated measurement station recorded a temperature of 40.3C in Kitzingen, northern Bavaria, on Sunday afternoon.
Weather service spokesman Uwe Kirsche said yesterday that the record would not be official until technicians had manually checked the station. But he said "we assume that our equipment worked properly".
The previous record of 40.2C was measured in the south-western city of Karlsruhe in 2003.
Storms across parts of Germany on Sunday night brought temperatures back down.